Bone Box

Bone Box

by Jay Amberg


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ISBN-13: 9781937484279
Publisher: Amazon Difital Services LLC - KDP Print US
Publication date: 03/14/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller, 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Award Contest

Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller, 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards

Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller/Adventure, 2015 International Book Awards


A novel of danger and adventure about an archaeological discovery that threatens to rewrite biblical history.

Amberg's...thriller takes readers to Turkey, where Joe Travers, a former Motorola executive, visits an archaeological site funded in part by his friend's foundation. Joe finds the project riven by conflicts between Sophia Altay, the Turkish-French lead archaeologist, who quickly wins him over; Leopold Kirchburg, the Austrian project director with a considerable ego; and Charles Lee, who represents right-wing foundations that provide much of the financial support. The archaeologists discover an ossuary containing relics and documents that could substantially change humanity's understanding of early Christianity.

The search for the ossuary's contents-which were hidden by Sophia's devoted assistant, Abrahim-drives much of the book's plot. Scenes of beatings, killings, and chases are punctuated by moments of extreme emotion; for example, at one point, Joe is "already in a quandary, the balance between the breathtaking beauty of the day and the sordid affairs of men not at all clear"; at another, Abrahim's "blood boils-the Janissary blood, the blood of his lost ancestors, the wanderers and cave dwellers alike."

In Joe, Amberg offers a narrator who's a keen observer, which allows the story to blend archaeological intrigue with a sharply drawn portrait of urban and rural Turkey. There are some clever turns of phrase, as when Joe notes that a document displayed on a computer screen is "illuminated in a way that would shock medieval monks." ...The author keeps the tension Joe rushes to sort out everyone's motivations and loyalties. Readers will be too caught up in unraveling the plot to wonder about the unanswered questions regarding the ossuary's contents.

A...well-written, fast-paced thriller that follows in the footsteps of The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones.

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Bone Box 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jay Amberg in his new book, “Bone Box” published by Amika Press gives us a fast-paced intriguing mystery. From the back cover: On a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea in Turkey, an international team of archaeologists discovers a stone box that first-century Jews used to rebury their dead. The box’s Aramaic inscription: Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. Sophia Altay, the beautiful French-Turkish archaeological who heads the team, tries to keep the discovery secret until she can authenticate the ossuary. She knows that people will kill to obtain the relics—and to suppress the box’s other contents, documents that could alter Western history. Joseph Travers, an American sent to Turkey to evaluate the archaeological dig, soon finds himself pulled into the web of betrayal, reprisal, and violence. In his journey through Istanbul’s mosques and palaces, the archaeological sites around ancient Ephesus, and, ultimately, the strange and mystical terrain of Cappadocia, he comes to understand the epochal meaning of the bone box. Who knew an archaeological dig could be so interesting? There are those that want to kill for the contents of the box and unless properly verified can alter everything that is held in belief. Mr. Amberg has provided us with a highly complicated plot. Both Joseph Travers and Sophia Altay are really interesting characters that develop and become more interesting as the story goes on. “Bone Box” is loaded with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Amberg has provided us with a fairly exciting book and well worth the read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author Jay Amberg offered me an eversion of his book Bone Box in exchange for an honest review, so here goes! The story is set in a Turkish archaeological dig. Most of the main characters are well developed and complex. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized what the relationship between the main male and female characters would be (ha-ha, no spoiler). The overall mood of the book was maintained throughout, even as characters relocated and interacted with new characters. I can see how fundamental religious readers could find things they disagree with or may even be offended by. My response to them would be: It's fiction! The premise; a long buried archaeological find which could set the world on its ear, is not necessarily new. But Bone Box is a refreshing story that I found to be unpredictable and entertaining. There is plenty of action, adventure, murder and mayhem for the most jaded action reader. The locale, while obvious in the context of the story, was interesting to me. I've not read many books set in the desert climes of this book. Amberg did well to convey the feeling of day to day life in the area. Not so much the social aspects, although they are there, but how uncomfortable the climate would be for non-locals. The action and intrigue of Bone Box held my interest until the very end. I think this will be an enjoyable read for any action/adventure reader. Definitely worth the read. Enjoy! Mike
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Julie Hodgson for Readers' Favorite Bone Box by Jay Amberg is an intense archaeological journey full of suspense and twists. Joe Travers and Sophie Altay's meeting in a cafe in Istanbul is at the behest of the Aegean Association he works for. She is suspicious of him at first and fiery in her passion for her work; she suspects he is here to spy on or fire her! His reasons are to examine the dig near the Basilica of St John. It involves international teams of archaeologists and the Aegean Association under the very watchful eye of the German chairman Leopold Kirchburg, who doesn't particularly trust her work methods and likes things done to his specifications. Sophia Altay tries to prevent her discovery of the ossuary, said to contain the bones of Jesus himself and most precious documents, from becoming public until they can be authenticated. This takes them both on a dangerous path, only to be escalated and antagonized by the media, which causes havoc. This story takes you on an incredible and dusty journey from Istanbul to ancient Ephesus, Izmir, and Cappadocia, blended with Christianity, archaeology and Islam, described with accurate detail to bring the story alive. Jay Amberg's Bone Box is an extremely well researched and well thought out book. The story gives you incredibly detailed and visual pictures of Turkey. Jay Amberg is a master of description and intrigue, and does not paint you into a corner when explaining things; the plot and characters are believable and interesting. When reading the book you have to keep going to find out what will happen next. It is a real page turner, one that keeps you guessing through each and every chapter. A cross between The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) and The Sign of the Cross (Chris Kuzneski) this is an "un-put-downable" book of the highest quality.